Climate Church, Climate World: How People of Faith Must Work for Change, Revised and Updated Edition

Book, 2023, 262 pp
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Why should people of faith engage the moral challenge of climate change, and how should we do it?

Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war--climate change multiplies all forms of global social injustice.

Environmental leader Reverend Jim Antal presents a compelling case that it's time for the church to meet this moral challenge, just as the church addressed previous moral challenges. Antal calls for the church to embrace a new vocation so that future generations might live in harmony with God's creation. After describing how we have created the dangers our planet now faces, Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing and other spiritual practices that honour creation and cultivate hope.

This revised and updated edition includes a new chapter on political and policy shifts under the Trump and Biden administrations; the influence of Greta Thunberg and climate change activists; and updated information on the current science of climate change.

Please note that the loan copy is for the original 2018 edition.

Includes questions for reflection and group discussion, as well as preaching suggestions.

(10 sessions)

This resource is part of the Together in Hope: Toward Faith-Based Intergenerational Dialogue and Action in the Climate Crisis collection.

This book is about how the church can and must respond in faithful and intentional action to the climate crisis.

Recommended use: A useful study for church folks looking for ways to take the climate crisis seriously in the context of the Christian faith.

Recommended audience: adults

Difficulty level: This resource is more of a deep dive into the topic.

Read a review in the October 2018 issue of Anabaptist Witness.

For years we’ve been waiting for a book that has the power to awaken communities of faith to their high calling: to lead the way in preserving the web of life and averting climate chaos. We’ve been waiting for a book that gives us straight talk about the climate crisis, faces the terrifying facts without flinching, and provides its readers with the moral grounding, motivation, and tools for faithful and effective action. We’ve been waiting for a book that, in challenging us to take action on climate, skillfully articulates our moral and ethical responsibility and offers a humble, brilliant, and provocative reflection on the nature of hope. Climate Church, Climate World is that book. It is a joy to welcome it into print. — The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, missioner for creation care, Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Jim Antal reminds us that the climate crisis, while overwhelmingly frightening, recalls the church to its deepest vocation: incarnating the love that is God. The book describes a path forward, full of inspiration, scriptural grounding and science. It’s also a path that leads to a world of peace, joy, and a more hopeful future. — Richard Rohr, OFM, author, ecumencial teacher, and founder, Center for Action and Contemplation

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